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ORIGINAL SIN BECOMES TO ME ALMOST AS CERTAIN AS THAT THE WORLD EXISTS

ORIGINAL SIN BECOMES TO ME ALMOST AS CERTAIN AS THAT THE WORLD EXISTS

MAN IS CALLED SO HIGH AND FALLS SO LOW

To consider the world in its length and breadth, its various history, the many races of man, their starts, their fortunes, their mutual alienation, their conflicts… the greatness and littleness of man, his far-reaching aims, his short duration… the prevalence and intensity of sin, the pervading idolatries, the corruptions, the dreary hopeless irreligion – all this is a vision to dizzy and appal; and inflicts on the mind a profound mystery, which is absolutely beyond human solution.

THE HUMAN RACE IS IMPLICATED IN SOME TERRIBLE ABORIGINAL CALAMITY 

What shall be said to this heart-piercing, reason-bewildering fact? I can only answer, that either there is no creator, or this living society of man is in a true sense discarded from his presence… if there is a God, since there is a God, the human race is implicated in some terrible aboriginal calamity. It is out of joint with the purpose of its creator. This is a fact, a fact as true as the fact of its existence; and thus the doctrine of what is theologically called original sin becomes to me almost as certain as that the world exists, and as the existence of God.

– Bl. John Henry Newman; Man is called so high and falls so low. Apo., 241-43

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE CREEDS ARE LIGHT IN DARKNESS

THE CREEDS ARE LIGHT IN DARKNESS

It is obligatory to attend Holy Mass every Sunday. The Creed is prayed by all the faithful during these Masses. 

The articles of the Creed are brief enunciations and specimens of some, and of the chief, of the great mercies vouchsafed to man in the Gospel.

They are truths of pregnant significance, and of direct practical bearing on Christian life and conduct. Such, for instance, obviously is ‘one Baptism for the remission of sins,’ and ‘the resurrection of the body’. Such then must be our profession of ‘catholicity’.

And, thus considered, the two, ‘the Catholic Church’ and ‘the Communion of Saints’, certainly suggest an explanation of each other; the one introducing us to our associates and patrons in heaven, and the other pointing out to us where to find the true teaching and the means of grace on earth.

– Bl. John Henry Newman; The Creeds are light in darkness; Ath.II, 65

 

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THE WEAPON OF THE SECOND EVE IS PRAYER

THE WEAPON OF THE SECOND EVE IS PRAYER

I consider it impossible then, for those who believe the Church to be one vast body in heaven and on earth, in which every holy creature of God has his place, and of which prayer is the life, when once they recognise the sanctity and the dignity of the Blessed Virgin, not to perceive immediately, that her office above is one of perpetual intercession for the faithful militant, and that our very relation to her must be that of clients to a patron, and that, in the eternal enmity which exists between the woman and the serpent, while the serpent’s strength lies in being the tempter, the weapon of the second Eve and Mother of God is prayer.

– Bl. John Henry Newman; Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Diff. II, 73

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE COMFORTS OF LIFE ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF OUR WANT OF LOVE OF GOD

THE COMFORTS OF LIFE ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF OUR WANT OF LOVE OF GOD

I must say plainly this, that fanciful though it may appear at first sight, the comforts of life are the main cause of our want of love of God; and, much as we may lament and struggle against it, till we learn to dispense with them in good measure, we shall not overcome it.

Till we, in a certain sense, detach ourselves from our bodies, our minds will not be in a state to receive divine impressions, and to exert heavenly aspirations.

A smooth and easy life, an uninterrupted enjoyment of the goods of Providence, full meals, soft raiment, well-furnished homes, the pleasures of sense, the feeling of security, the consciousness of wealth – these and the like, if we are not careful, choke up all the avenues of the soul.

– Bl. John Henry Newman; The necessity of self-denial; P. S. V, 337

 

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ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE

ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE

The very idea of Christianity in its profession and history… is a definite message from God to man distinctly conveyed by his chosen instruments, and to be received as such a message; and therefore to be positively acknowledged, embraced, and maintained as true, on the ground of its being divine, not as true on intrinsic grounds, not as probably true, or partially true, but as absolutely certain knowledge, certain in a sense in which nothing else can be certain, because it comes from him who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

– From: Bl. John Henry Newman; The certainty of Faith. G. A., 386-87

 

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GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into Your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from You what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. Amen.
– Bl. John Henry Newman

 

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WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH NOT BY ARGUING

WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH NOT BY ARGUING

Many a man seems to have no grasp at all of doctrinal truth. He cannot get himself to think it of importance what a man believes, and what not. He tries to do so; for a time he does…

Yet though he thinks so one day, he changes the next; he holds the truth, and then lets it go. He is filled with doubts… Reasonings do not convince him; he cannot be convinced; he has no grasp of truth.

Why? Because the next world is not a reality to him; it only exists in his mind in the form of certain conclusions from certain reasonings. It is but an inference; it can never be more, never can be present to his mind, until he acts instead of arguing.

– Bl. John Henry Newman, We are saved by faith not by arguing; P. S. IV, 231

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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